Creativity and technique Archive
When living in the UK, I only used film cameras and shot almost exclusively in black and white. I still love traditional ‘wet prints’ made in a darkroom, but for practical reasons I went digital in 2016. Here in Zambia, photo chemicals and papers have to be specially imported and I don’t
‘All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he or she grows up.’ Pablo Picasso As a photographer, it can be hard to stay inspired. When I’m feeling grumpy, I tell myself that it’s all been done before, so why bother? Why indeed? Because when you’re in
‘Street photography’ : say it out loud. How does it make you feel? I have mixed emotions – a thrill of anticipation, sometimes followed by anxiety. So today I’m going to suggest ways of overcoming any fears you might have. Don’t always photograph people : typical street photos have people in them,
Are your photos getting better? Henri Cartier-Bresson said that your first 10,000 would be your worst. I think he was trying to be encouraging – I hope so. I’m going to dodge the thorny question of what makes a good photo, because it’s too subjective (and too vague). A better starting point
There’s a parlour game that people sometimes play. Imagine that your house is on fire – what would you risk your life to try and save? Unless you want to upset your family, you’d better rescue them first. But then what? I find the game morbid, but people’s answers can be revealing.
I spotted this young lady and her poodle near Pall Mall in London. Following them down to Whitehall, I managed two shots before we went our separate ways. Not being an extrovert, I’d stepped outside my comfort zone by taking pictures in the street. Taking photos from behind might seem to be
London grinds to a halt when it snows. Waking one morning I found that six inches had fallen overnight. The only way to travel was on foot, so I dressed warmly, put on boots and headed out with a camera. I love taking snowscapes, but getting your exposure right can be tricky.
Looking through our family albums, a lot of the photos are spoilt by harsh lighting. The built-in flash has gone off, lighting faces but creating unwanted shadows. So let me make a plea for turning off the flash and using available light. You don’t need a studio to take good portraits. The
Have you ever enjoyed the buzz of taking photos, only to find your highlights bleached out, with the subtle dark tones all gone muddy? Sadly I have. What’s the problem? Digital sensors and film emulsions often can’t cope with the dynamic range of the scene in front of you – the contrast
Are you feeling flat and uninspired? Has your well of creative ideas dried up? Then an Artist Date might be just what you need. In her book, The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron recommends two main tools for creative unblocking: Morning pages and Artist dates. They can be used by artists, photographers, writers